Is the RIL accessible via API on Windows 8 Phones, and if not, why not?
On Windows Phone you have 'Launchers' and 'Choosers' to perform restricted and sensitive tasks, some ask for explicit permission to the user so they cannot be performed without consent.
Direct access to the RIL unfortunately is too tempting for some ppl with malign intentions.
Many thanks for that - but I although I could see references to some phone tasks, I couldn't see any reference to the Radio Interface Layer. I'm interested in pulling out the various information: Cell ID, Cell Signal Strength, MNC, MCC, LAc, etc...
Not quite sure what "malign intentions" you are refering to- how could it be sensitive information?
I suppose fetching the IMEI, triangulating the position for evesdropping, etc. Only phone manufacturers have access to the lower level stuff. If you contact Microsoft directly they might even grant you special access and allow you to use this if it's so crucial to your application.
Triangulation only gets you within 0.5km at best and just using the Cell ID can be worse A for easdropping- you can't intercept just by having these details. I use the RIL info all the time on Android and BB (and old Windows Mobile), for various apps.
Oh well- guess that's another version of Windows Phone I won't bother with!
hmm, can you give a link to your apps so I can figure out if I should be bothered with a lack of a port for Windows Phone?
I'd love to - but unfortunately can't.
Don't worry - everything is ligit and above board. The apps aren't for the general public though.
Thanks for your help though.
and if the apps are "not for the general public" then why not ask MS ?
as I see it they have not given out access to some parts of the phone to make it less of a problem for most apps to get tested and approved as "safe" for "the general public" that way they can deal with the special cases as they happen and not have to worry about most apps.
honestly i can see a lot of users who would freak out if any app could even get close to tracking them.... with out asking for the access to that data.
a half a click might be way to close ....